UpZones Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring stories from people building a richer, more cosmopolitan new Seattle. Ian Martinez, a former journalist and Obama Administration adviser, brings his unique conversational manner to long-form interviews with community leaders in the arts, politics and activism, business, and general civic life.

Martinez has done great interviews, including Cary Moon, Teresa Mosqueda & Matt Hutchins and Katie Wilson, General Secretary of Seattle Transit Riders Union.

You can listen to the interview with The Urbanist’s exceutive director Owen here. And as he mentions at the end of the podcast, get a hold of him — owen[at]theurbanist[dot]org — if you want to get involved with The Urbanist. We’re looking for writers, editors, advocates, tour guides, photographers, designers, you name it. 

Owen recounts his personal journey from smalltown Ohio, to Madison, Wisconsin to London, Mumbai, Austin and finally Seattle. Topics they covered include the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition, what makes good urbanism, living carfree, who benefits from development, and how to build long-lasting change.